Self-serve beer coming to Evanston

The Midnight Pig site at 1557 Sherman Ave.

What used to be one of the dining rooms at Pete Miller's on Sherman Avenue reportedly will open Monday as the Midnight Pig Tap Room with 30 self-serve taps.

Eater first reported the opening date. The 2,200 square foot space at 1557 Sherman Ave. will have 30 PourMyBeer taps.

It's a new concept for Evanston, and given the city's rigorous efforts to define a new liquor license class for every liquor distribution innovation, we figured the owners would need to persuade the city to craft a new license for the concept.

But the city's liquor licensing manager, Theresa Whittington, says that because the tap room is located within and operated by Pete Miller's, a new liquor license is not required.

"Pete Miller's staff will be present at all times to card guests and monitor self-service," Whittington says.

Midnight Pig's branding is meant to evoke a 1920s Chicago speakeasy.

The craft beer brand comes from Sonas Hospitality Company, which, in addition to owning Pete Miller's, also owned the now shuttered Tommy Nevin's in Evanston.

Midnight Pig Beer is produced in Plainfield, Illinois, also the site of the remaining Nevin's location.

The Midnight Pig menu will feature fish and chips, glazed pork loin and other entrees in the $12 to $14 range, as well as sandwiches, along with a selection of appetizers and desserts.

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